How to clean the crusted oven in 5 minutes using the old Japanese method

Cleaning the Oven the Japanese Way
Using products like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice, you can have a shiny oven and, as a bonus, eliminate unpleasant odors.

How to Clean a Crusted Oven in 5 Minutes
Cooking with a dirty oven can be harmful to health, as limescale and burnt food residues in the oven can create smoke and unpleasant odors, potentially contaminating the food prepared inside.

Crusted Oven
Additionally, smoke produced by limescale can contain toxic substances that may cause irritation to the respiratory system and lungs upon inhalation. Lastly, a dirty oven can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs that can contaminate food and cause diseases.

However, during certain times, like in winter, the oven may be used intensively and be hard to clean.

Let’s look at how to clean a crusted oven with eco-friendly products. For a complete and environmentally friendly cleaning of the oven, you can use a mixture of baking soda, water, and a few drops of white vinegar. This homemade method can guarantee brilliant results and eliminate odors without using chemical cleaners.

Moreover, this solution is eco-friendly and economically convenient.

First, remove all baking trays, casserole dishes, and grates from the oven, ensuring nothing unnecessary is inside before starting the cleaning process. If possible, it’s advisable to dismantle the oven door by lifting the side levers to facilitate cleaning of the crevices and seals.

Steam Cleaning
To prepare the mixture, put a bowl full of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. When it starts boiling, turn off the flame and add a cup of vinegar. Then preheat the oven to a temperature between 150° and 180°C. When the oven reaches the desired temperature, turn it off and put the pot with the water and vinegar inside the oven.

Leave the steam to act for at least three hours so that it softens the crusts on the oven walls. Then finish by removing all residues with the softened crusts using a spatula or alternatively a soft sponge.

Lemon and Baking Soda for the Crusted Oven
To remove crusted dirt from the oven, another trick involves mixing 170g of baking soda with 3 or 4 tablespoons of warm water in a bowl.

Bowl and Baking Soda

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